Stephenson picks up podium finish at Ulster Grand Prix

Colin Stephenson on his way to a third place finish in the Dundrod National. Picture: Rod Neill
Colin Stephenson on his way to a third place finish in the Dundrod National. Picture: Rod Neill
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Heysham racer Colin Stephenson followed in the footsteps of road racing legends when he competed in the Ulster Grand Prix.

As a newcomer to the 7.75mile Dundrod circuit, known as the world’s fastest road race, Stephenson was worried about how easy it would be to learn.

But he ran well to finish on the podium in the Dundrod National on his Yamaha 600 bike after battling electronic issues on his 1000cc Superbike.

The Heysham racer had a hectic schedule of getting his machinery ready for practices on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning followed by racing on Thursday afternoon and Saturday.

He said: “I had no real expectations. I just wanted to see if it was possible to keep in the top 20 as this is where I’ve been running all season.

“As it’s an international road race, with some of the top riders of the sport entered, it was going to take a lot of effort.”

And weather conditions were far from ideal for opening practice session but thankfully riders awoke to near perfect conditions on Thursday.

Electronic issues however affected the superbike races on Thursday but the Dundrod National was a different matter.

He said: “I qualified second on the grid and after a brilliant start pulled into first position, but was soon overtaken by James Cowton.

“Robert Kennedy and I battled for second and third position with only two tenths of a second between us at the line.

“A third place podium finish at Dundrod is a fantastic result.”